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Ethnic minority work highlighted

By Brian Lovett

Published 11/02/2010

A dedictaed group of volunteers who have been running English language classes for the migrant community in North Down have been explaining their work at the latest meeting of the North Down Good Relations Ethnic Minority Forum.

Local representatives from health, education, business and various community and charitable groups joined with members of North Down Borough Council for the New Year meeting of the forum last week.

Helen Sloan, from First Bangor Presbyterian Church, revealed details of work being carried out by the church to help the migrant community adapt to life in North Down. “For almost two years now I have led a dedicated group of volunteers to run an English language class for the migrant community,” she said. “The class offers much more than just learning English — it forms its own social network for the students. It is somewhere where they feel safe and can ask for help and advice.

“We also have practical workshops especially for those who work in kitchens of hotels or care homes. For these sessions we move into the kitchen and learn basic instructions and the names of many items.”

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